Giant fireball streaks over Spain 'turning night into day'
Fiona Govan · 1 Apr 2016, 11:33
Published: 01 Apr 2016 11:33 GMT+02:00
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Described as an "especially spectacular" display, the meterorite could be seen hitting the Earth’s atmosphere from Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia, Murcia and Andalucia.
José María Mateido, an astrophysist on Spain’s SMART (Spectroscopy of Meteoroids in the Atmosphere by means of Robotic Technologies) project, a collaboration between Spanish observatories described the fireball as "amazing".
The Huelva university professor explained that the meteorite - rock from a comet - likely had a mass of around 30kg gave out the extraordinarily bright light when it hit Earth’s atmosphere at around 90,000km per hour.
"This amazing fireball turned the night into day for a fraction of a second."